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Caravan World Issue 589

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Caravan World is the definitive guide that gives caravanners the know-how and confidence to pursue their touring dreams. At its heart, Caravan World is committed to enabling caravan travel in Australia, through informed testing of RV products, helpful tips and advice and showcasing great destinations and activities.

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2 min.
anji bignell

There’s a number of stories floating around about people retrofitting old caravans for the purpose of taking off around Australia for a year, or renting them out as unique Airbnb or food truck options. But there also seems to be an increasing number of people using these ‘homes’ on wheels for specific humanitarian causes as well. What better way to house the homeless than to repurpose old vans to provide a roof over their head? Or give people in abusive situations a safe place to go to in times of danger? And, even create a mobile health clinic that reaches remote areas with facilities that the community would not otherwise have access to? Cathy Anderson interviews a few people who are doing just that, in her article ‘Caravans for a…

1 min.
caravan industry association of australia partners with australian made

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has partnered with the Australian Made Campaign to help promote and support Aussie manufacturers within the caravanning and camping industry. With many Australian made products competing with the global market, the Australian Made logo demonstrates to their potential consumers an added value benefit by buying authentic Australian products. Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO, Stuart Lamont says “Caravan Industry Association of Australia has always been keen to ensure that consumers make the best-informed decisions when it comes to purchasing their new RV. In recent times there has been some public commentary regarding the origin of certain products as well as how much Australian content and labour is contained within certain RV products. "In addition, the Association’s RVMAP has criteria regarding whether a product should be badged as…

2 min.
vale dave berry of trakka motorhomes

Dave Berry, founder and owner of Trakka motorhomes was something of a legend in the RV industry. His sudden and untimely death on May 31st shocked family, friends and his many colleagues in the RV industry. Dave made an early start in the RV industry when at the age of 15 his dad purchased a 68 VW Kombi. Family holidays in the Kombi soon followed and then as soon as he obtained his driver’s licence Dave was off to the surfing beaches in the summer and the ski slopes in the winter. It was a decision to build his own Kombi camper in the family garage that really kicked things off for the future Trakka because a few friends asked if they could have one too. Dave had a long association with…

1 min.
possible entry fees for litchfield national park

In a bid to compensate for the $17.5 million on road and infrastructure upgrades, the NT government has proposed that a small fee be charged to enter Litchfield National Park. Litchfield National Park had over 330,000 visitors last year and the number is continuing to rise, with the potential to attract an extra 60,000 visitors annually. Access fees could boost revenue to help maintain the park. Eva Lawler, the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics told the ABC that, "the amount of revenue will not be a massively substantial amount of money, but it will be used by Parks and Wildlife to maintain Litchfield as a wonderful asset for everyone in Australia". Some people believe the new upgrades and entry fees will help a flailing economy while others are worried it could exclude…

1 min.
longest line of rvs

Barcaldine in central Queensland was very recently the scene for the Guinness Book of Records attempt for the Largest Parade of Recreational Vehicles (RVs). The record for the longest line of RVs is currently held by the Italians at 672 vehicles, and for the longest continuous image made of LED lights, it is held by the Chinese at 655 metres. Organised by the Australian Motorhoming Lions Club (ALMC), it took almost 15 months in the planning and a considerable number of volunteer hours. And although both records have been well and truly broken, it still has to be officially sanctioned by Guinness World Records. According to the ALMC’s Len Waddington, 5974.66 metres of unbroken LED lights were laid out, beating the old record by a considerable amount. To get the Longest Parade of RVs record,…

1 min.
news embracing the share economy

New research released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia revealed that Australia’s recreational vehicle ownership is at an all-time high, with close to 680,000 vehicles registered in 2018, equating to one in every 13 households. However, many of these caravans and motorhomes spend most of the year sitting idle in driveways or storage, with the average owner only able to use them for 40 nights a year. With two-thirds (62 per cent) of RV owners now considering joining the share economy and 74 per cent of prospective buyers’ keen to hire before they buy, companies like Camplify are shaking up the industry by helping owners reap the rewards of the RV sharing economy through hiring their vans to holidaymakers seeking unique outdoor adventures. CEO of Camplify Justin Hales, believes there’s never…